Cambridge Audio SX-60 Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.33 Mixed Usages
4.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.3 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.2 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2020 Rating: 4.6 Stereo speaker Usage: Home Theater, Movies, Music silk dome tweeter Mid/Bass: 6.5" doped paper cone

Cambridge Audio SX-60 is an affordable passive bookshelf speaker. Sound quality is impressive, room filling and powerful. Low ends have adequate punch so you can easily use it even without a subwoofer. That said, if you are a bass head you always have the option to include one. Movies, music, TV shows all sound great with this speaker.

Use a matching amplifier and connect it to any audio source including PC, laptop, mobile, TV, turntable, CD player, etc. If you have a home theater, you can use them as rear speakers as well.

Our Verdict

Cambridge Audio manufactures reliable products and the SX-60 is one of them. It excels in terms of sound quality. It sounds lively, full of energy, natural yet musical. Bass is enjoyable and ‘bigger’ than its size. The speakers produce a balanced sound with clearer highs and accurate mids. Its performance is satisfying for majority of the listeners.

PROS
  • Clean look
  • Punchier bass
  • Impressive and powerful performance
  • Great dynamics
  • Works with most amps
CONS
  • Setup might be difficult for newbie
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2
Tweeter Type silk dome tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1-inch
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5-inch
Woofer Type Doped paper cone
Other

SPECS

Power Range 20-100 watts
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 41Hz - 22 kHz
Crossover Frequencies 3kHz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Binding post
Compatible Connector Types bare-wire, pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana-plugs (dual or single)
Speaker Wire Compatibility 10AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Bass from this speaker has ample punch and oopmh to make music and movies enjoyable.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Vocals are clear, loud and intelligible.
Treble Accuracy High frequencies are crisp and clear.
Imaging & Soundstage: It has good imaging an broader soundstage.
Dynamic Range: It has good dynamic range and produce sound sound with clarity.
Power Handling: The speaker has good power handling and is easy to drive.
Frequency Response: It has wide frequency response and produces tonally accurate sound.
Transient Response: It has smooth transient response.

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Vinyl
Color Black or walnut

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 13-7/16-inch (342.0mm)
Width (inches) 7-15/16-inch (202.0mm)
Depth (inches) 10-7/8-inch (277.0mm)
Weight (pounds) 11.00 lbs (5.00kg)
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26 (inches)

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers, 8 Self-adhesive feet, 2 Grilles, 2 Foam port inserts, Installation Guide
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Cambridge Audio SX-60 has a standard design and uses MDF as enclosure material. It feels solid and build quality is quite good. It comes with 8 self-adhesive foam-feet so that it remains stable and firm on any surface including desk, table, or shelf. You can also include a speaker stand. It is designed to enhance efficiency and deliver pure audio. It comes with removable grilles to protect the drivers.

Performance:

Cambridge Audio SX-60 has a tweeter and woofer along with a front bass port. This means you don’t need to worry about speaker position and can place it near walls. Comparing Cambridge Audio SX-50 vs SX-60, the SX-60 has front port and is larger than the SX-50. These standmount speakers need amplifier or receiver. Use high quality cables to develop connection between the speaker and amplifier. Make sure to match the polarity.

In case you want to reduce the bass effects, use the foam inserts into the front port of the speaker. Like always Cambridge claims the speaker to have ‘sound first’ design. This means the sound quality is the first priority above everything else. Cambridge Audio gives you exactly what it advertises with exaggeration. This speaker can handle any music genre including jazz, rock, samba, classical, etc. Along with music, movies are handled well with punchier bass.

Piano, violin, guitar and other musical instrumental sounds are produces with accuracy. Low ends have adequate oomph to enjoy the overall sound. High ends are clear, precise and not too bright. The efficient woofer can easily deliver bass without stressing out the amplifier. For placement make sure the speaker distance and speaker to user distance are equal. Also leave a gap of 30 cm from the wall.

Connectivity:

The inputs and outputs will depend on the subwoofer. A sub out is common but make sure other ports like HDMI, optical or USB are available.

Use case:

The SX-60 is ideal for small to mid sized spaces. It can easily be used in a medium sized room or in large room as a part of home theater.

Compatible device:

This speaker can be part of a home theater system. Simply include products as per your plan. You can pair floorstanding loudspeaker (SX-80), bookshelf loudspeakers (SX-50/SX-60), center-channel speaker (SX-70), and powered subwoofer (SX-120).

Ease of use:

Passive speakers are easy to use but they will not come with dedicated remotes or apps like active speakers. Comparing active vs passive speakers, active speakers are easier to use and control.

Cost:

The cost of Cambridge Audio SX-60 is reasonable. However, once you add an amp or sub, the cost will increase.

FAQ:

How to connect Cambridge Audio SX-60 to an amplifier?

Cambridge Audio SX-60 has binding posts. You need to choose high-ends wires and match polarity as you connect it to an amp or receiver.

Is Cambridge Audio SX-60 enough to use as stereo speaker without a sub?

For most cases, you can use the SX-60 from Cambridge audio without any subwoofer. This is because, the bass is deep and packs a punch.

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